The Princess of Polka Dots: Yayoi Kusama

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Basic information

Name: Yayoi Kusama (草间弥生)

Date of Birth: 22 March 1929

Current age: 88 years old

Place of Birth: Matsumoto, Nagamo, Japan

 

Childhood

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Born to a wealthy family, Yayoi Kusama began to display an exceptional interest in the arts at an early age, and even created art pieces of her own. Unlike most parents, Kusama’s mother and father were not affectionate towards her. It was reported that her mother frequently neglected the young Kusama.

In other instances that caused her emotional pain, the young Kusama was asked by her mother to spy on her father, who had affairs with other women. The things that she saw made a strong and lasting impact in her mind that led her to have a negative impression about copulation. In her own words she described how she was traumatized by these experiences:

“I don’t like sex. I had an obsession with sex. When I was a child, my father had lovers and I experienced seeing him. My mother sent me to spy on him. I didn’t want to have sex with anyone for years… The sexual obsession and fear of sex sit side by side in me.”

Kusama began to paint at the age of 10, which was also when she first started experiencing hallucinations. They appeared to her as dots and patterns that encompassed her surroundings. These ‘visions/ hallucinations’ later contributed towards her works, and played a very important role in her career.

At the age of just 13, she was sent to work at a military factory during World War II. Her main duty involved sewing parachutes for the Japanese army. Life was tough for a young child such as Kusama, and she lived her life in darkness and fear. Later in 1948, she decided to study the traditional Japanese art form of Nihongo painting at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts. Nihongo paintings made according to traditional Japanese artistic conventions, materials and painting techniques. However, she soon became bored of such traditional art, and began to develop an interest towards Western and European art instead.

“My mother beat me and kicked me on the derriere every day, irritated that I was always painting…When I left for New York, my mother gave me $1,000,000 yen and told me never to set foot in her house again.”

 

Works

Polka dots, or what Kusama calls ‘infinity nets’, have become an important theme in her works. Originally taken from her visions or hallucinations, they were later transplanted into her works.

In regards to polka dots, Kusama says:

“A polka dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colourful, senseless and unknowing. Polka dots become movement… Polka dots are a way to infinity.”

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These dots first made their appearance in her early artworks that were created when she was 10 years old. A particular drawing depicts a picture of a Japanese woman wearing a kimono (believed to be Kusama’s mother), and the woman was covered with dots. Polka dots and sequences of nets are the main patterns that were incorporated in most of her large scale paintings, and all of these are thought to have come directly from her hallucinations.

Painting has been a huge part of Kusama’s life, and it is because of the arts that she was able to make it through all the abuse and neglect from her parents. She has even stated that if it wasn’t for the arts, she would have taken her own life. She sees being able to paint as a form of escape from ‘reality’, and through this is able to be temporarily relieved from all the pressure she faces.

She has described that when she creates art, without planning or thinking, her hand would automatically start painting, and that every single time she is amazed with the end results.

Kusama’s comment on one of her paintings entitled: “Flower (D.S.P.S)”, completed in 1954 reads:

“One day I was looking at the red flower patterns of the tablecloth on a table, and when I looked up I saw the same pattern covering the ceiling, the windows and the walls, and finally all over the room, my body and the universe. I felt as if I had begun to self-obliterate, to revolve in the infinity of endless time and the absoluteness of space, and be reduced to nothingness. As I realized it was actually happening and not just in my imagination, I was frightened. I knew I had to run away lest I should be deprived of my life by the spell of the red flowers. I ran desperately up the stairs. The steps below me began to fall apart and I fell down the stairs straining my ankle.”

Flower (D.S.P.S)

Flower (D.S.P.S)

Kusama left Japan for the United States at the age of 27. There she exhibited her paintings at the Zoe Dussane Gallery in Seattle, Washington. She settled in Seattle for about a year before moving to New York City. With her iconic wigs and avant-garde outfits, her artistic presence was soon made known to the New York City crowd, and she very quickly became the center of attention.

It was there that she continued with her series of iconic infinity mirror installations, creating rooms full of mirrors that gave people the illusion of a never ending universe. She worked furiously in hopes of bringing her artwork and unique concepts to the world. However, due to the strain of often overworking herself, she was hospitalised on numerous occasions.

Over the years, she achieved great success as an artist, and her passion towards the arts is undeniable. Following a series of illnesses, she returned to Japan in 1973. There she underwent surgery to cure her thyroid disease, and to remove fibroids from her uterus. She also received a series of treatments for depersonalization syndrome. This syndrome is part of a group of conditions known as dissociative disorders. Symptoms of depersonalisation syndrome include feeling disconnected or detached from one’s body or thoughts, to the extent that a person feels like he or she is has out-of-body experiences, observing himself or herself from outside the body, or the feeling of being in a dream. However those that suffer from this syndrome do not lose contact with reality. In fact they understand that things are not how they appear to them.

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Though the exact cause of the syndrome still evades modern science, it is believed that it can be caused by intensely stressful or traumatic events. In the case of Kusama, some believe that this was due to the abuse and neglect she faced as a child, including being made to spy for her mother on her father’s extramarital affairs. This trauma, could have led to this disorder, could also be the cause of her visions, which translated into her work and made her a world-famous artist. Kusama admitted herself to a psychiatric hospital, and has resided at the facility up until today. From there, she continues to paint and create world-class art from a studio she set up across the street from the psychiatric hospital. Today she is considered in Japan a living art legend and her celebrity status is large. She is still healthy, going strong and working on her art. Her art is her sanity and sanity is art. She is a powerful person, immensely talented, fiercely in control of no control and she inspires us that if we find something beneficial in life, all pain is somehow bearable if not redeemable. Ms.Yayoi Kusama helps us to question what is sanity and what is insanity. Strong edgy people like her have always attracted me. To be different is not different, but perhaps just normal. Even in her ‘insanity’ she does more, creates more, inspires more and is more productive than those of us classified as sane. Everyone has talents. Are we willing to pay the price for productivity and usefulness in life?

Tsem Rinpoche

(Researched and compiled by Ms. Beatrix Ooi)

 

Some of Kusama’s artworks

Mushrooms, 1995, Yayoi Kusama

Mushrooms, 1995, Yayoi Kusama

All the Eternal Love, Yayoi Kusama

All the Eternal Love, Yayoi Kusama

Untitled, 1967, Yayoi Kusama

Untitled, 1967, Yayoi Kusama

A Tale in Blue is Filled With My Life, 2009, Yayoi Kusama

A Tale in Blue is Filled With My Life, 2009, Yayoi Kusama

Give Me Love, Yayoi Kusama

Give Me Love, Yayoi Kusama

Vegetables, Yayoi Kusama

Vegetables, Yayoi Kusama

Flame, 1992, Yayoi Kusama

Flame, 1992, Yayoi Kusama

Pumpkin, 1992, Yayoi Kusama

Pumpkin, 1992, Yayoi Kusama

Untitled, Yayoi Kusama

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Untitled, Yayoi Kusama

Untitled, Yayoi Kusama

 

Timeline

1929 Born in Nagano-Ken, Japan
1948 Entered senior class at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts & Crafts, Kyoto, Japan
1948–1951 Studied at the Arts and Crafts School, Kyoto, Japan
1957 Moved to Seattle, USA
1957–1958 Studied at the Art Students’ League, New York, USA
1966 Became a US Citizen
1967 Won the Fourth Belgium International Short Film Prize
1968 Won an award for ‘Self-Obliteration’ at the 4th International Festival for Short-Films in Belgium
1973 Returned to Japan, and published poems and novels.
1982 Won the golden prize from the Italian Academy of Arts
1983 Received the Literary Magazine Prize Yasei Jidai for her novel Christopher Homosexual Brother
1996 Received the International Art Critic Association prize for an exhibit in New York
2000 Received the Education Minister’s Art Encouragement Prize and the Foreign Minister’s commendations
2001 Received the Asahi Prize
2003 Received Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Current Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

 

Some of her famous installations

 

Infinity Dots Mirrored Room

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The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

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Phalli’s Field

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I’m Here, But Nothing

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Thousands of Eyes

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Guidepost to the New Space

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All the Eternal Love I have for the Pumpkins

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Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity

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Love is Calling

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The Obliteration Room

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Pictures of Yayoi Kusama

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Yayoi Kusama: The Princess of Polka Dots

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Yayoi Kusama: The Earth Is a Polka Dot

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Yayoi Kusama: Let’s Fight Together

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Step Into Infinity With Yayoi Kusama

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Yayoi Kusama Holds Landmark Exhibition in US

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Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yayoi_Kusama
  • http://www.artnet.com/artists/yayoi-kusama/biography

 
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  1. sarassitham on Nov 30, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Very Inspire article of an artist, Art have been more than a hobby to the Princess of Polka Dots, Yayoi Kusama. It was her burning passion that lighted the fire in her soul. With so much of struggle since young, and her positive attitude empowered and engaged her to learn the skill professionally. Her creativity contribution was well received and benefited many all over the world.

    As for Yayoi Kusama art was a great escape, a way to be free of the troubles, worries, and horrors in life. Thank you for this valuable teaching and for the fantastic compilation of info and photos. Well., I am fascinated on polka dots art especially on clothing.

    https://bit.ly/3mqNcla

  2. Yee Yin on Dec 17, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the story of Ms.Yayoi Kusama. She certainly did not have a very pleasant childhood. Even though she was born in a wealthy family, she didn’t have the love from her parents. She was neglected and was mentally abused when the mother sent her to spy on the father.

    There is a Chinese saying that the childhood experience/education is what will determine how this child will become when he/she grows up. This is exactly what happened to Ms. Yayoi Kusama. Her parents did not give love and trust to her which resulted in her being anti-social and even suffering from mental illness. However, she did not let her mental illness stop her from becoming a successful person. She found her way to express her emotions and feelings without causing pain to other people. In fact, her way of expressing herself brings positive experiences to people.

    I actually don’t think Ms. Yayoi Kusama is that insane. Most of the insane persons will not admit they are insane. But Ms. Yayoi Kusama checked herself into a psychiatric hospital and continue to paint. I think she just does not trust people enough to have a normal interaction with people. Checking in to a psychiatric hospital she does not have to deal with people but only the nurses and doctors. She is one of those rare cases where her bad experience did not bring her down but make her successful in her field.

  3. JP on May 11, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Yayoi Kusama is truly a genius in her work. I wonder whether she is perceiving other dimensions intertwined into the dimension we’re in. Nonetheless, her artworks are outrageously phenomenal.

    I agree with what Rinpoche wrote above. “…she inspires us that if we find something beneficial in life, all pain is somehow bearable if not redeemable.” This is very insightful and it makes so much sense. Pain is only bearable when there is hope for something better to come. That is why it is always important to give hope to others with kindness and compassion. For without hope, there is no better reason to bear the pain.

    In this case, Yayoi Kusama focuses on her love for polka dots regardless of the pain she felt from her parents and made it iconic.

  4. KarenC on May 2, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Yayoi Kusama’s work is remarkable. This is what i see in her work – a misery and distressed childhood, lost, obsessive, therapy, healing and enthusiasm. Her work reflects her inner voice, it was said in one of the videos that it was her subconsciousness which drove her work. Usually our subconscious tells us the truth. Kusama healed from creating art pieces from day to night, not many people could transform their sadness and disappointment into something else that makes them succeed, Kusama did it through her persistency and great faith in herself. It seems like she is obsessive with her work, but this obsessiveness actually is her alternative way of healing herself. Though she went through darkness in her childhood, her work brings colors to others’ life.

  5. Paul Yap on Apr 24, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Yayoi Kusama is quite an unusual person, she has transformed her disorder, anger and frustrations into amazing polka dots art. I think this is how she sees the world and wanted it to be like. Polka Dots art makes everything looks like a fairy tales, perhaps Yayoi Kusama felt safer with all the polka dots around her. She has work very hard and never gives up her passions, and i think many could share the same feeling and though with her.

  6. Lew on Apr 22, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article. The art pieces and exhibits are really beautiful, and when looked at, it has the therapeutic effect to me. I think one of the important message here is that when are have illness, we must find a way to solve it. We cannot just put it aside and not treat it. But at the same time, there are still things we can do (while we are having “issues”) to benefit others.

    What Rinpoche wrote in the last paragraph is very profound and deep. In samsara, what we are taught as “normal” is no longer normal in Dharma.

  7. Lim Han Nee on Apr 15, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautifully inspiring article on Yayoi Kusama, a lady with such amazing artistic talents. Kusama was not cowed or in any way diminished by a painful and traumatic childhood and from abuse and neglect by her parents, even though the emotional pain and stress had left a mark on her mind. She subsequently suffered severe “dissociative disorders”.

    Her disorder translated into her visions, which in turn translated into her superbly creative work and made her a world-famous artist.
    She admitted herself into a psychiatric hospital which has been her home to this day. Strangely enough,it may be her feeling of being disconnected or detached from her body and her thoughts, to the extent that she feels like she is outside her body observing herself from outside , makes her see and understand the reality of how things are not what they appear to be.

    Out of her hallucinations and visions, she developed a fascination for polka dots which was transplanted into her art work and her designs for clothes. She sees polka dots as symbolic of the sun and the moon, their energy and their form.

    Her passion for art saved her from spiralling into depression and suicide. Art was a form of escape from the harsh realities of her life.Through art, she was able to have a firm hold of her sanity.Through art, she has benefited the world. She is indeed a source of inspiration for all of us, for her ability to transcend her pain and become an artist of renown.Indeed, we are left to wonder if she is a saner being than an ordinary so-called sane person, leading an ordinary life.” Whatever it is, she has been productive and useful, and has contributed much to the world of art
    .”To be different is not different, but perhaps just normal”. Tsem Rinpoche

  8. CindyH on Apr 6, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Somehow reading this article, the phrase “when life gives you lemon, you make lemonades” comes to mind. Ms. Kusama’s unique imagery spring from the recurring hallucinations that have haunted her since childhood and intensified by her traumatic childhood. In her hallucinations, the world appeared as covered by dots and repetitive shapes, like an infinite starry sky. From her explanation of polka dots, they seem to be a source of hope for her and they are defined as something positive for her. And she turned such visions into a reality by channelling it via arts which have been her passion from young to anchor her life.

    Her reaction to her stumbling upon the concept of self-obliteration, where the idea of the disappearance of self and becoming one with the surroundings (via her polka dots observations) is very interesting. It has to be borne in mind that, just the complexity of concept itself (as if touching on some semblance of embracing emptiness) would confuse many and generally the masses fear and do not respond well to things they do not understand. Perhaps the inability to really comprehend the intensity and depth of such concept and the unconventional feeling it invokes, causes much anxiety and doubts that she felt the need to check herself into a psychiatric hospital. When one lack the understanding and wisdom, we tend to benchmark ourselves against society’s norm, primarily stemming from the habituated need to belong or emotionally connect to or be accepted by the majority. It appears that her inability to reconcile with societal norms in relation to her insights with polka dots coupled with the emotional childhood scars have overwhelmed her to the point she is unable to trust her own sanity (as well as her ability) and concede to lifelong of psychiatric care.

    That being said, apart from a little stigma from society due to her voluntary submission to psychiatric care, she is, for all intent and purposes, none for worse considering that she is courageously living her life and indulging in her passion instead of faltering under the weight of such anxiety and self-doubt. Instead of wallowing in her scary predicament, she forges on, immersing herself in her passion and has met with huge successes. Evidently, there are loads of people losing themselves and find much pleasure in the infinite nets, mirror rooms and thousands of polka dots of Ms.Kusama’s creation. Her unconventional artwork apparently resonates to many and she is even one of the world’s most beloved artists. Thank you, Rinpoche and Beatrix, for such a fascinating read.

  9. wan wai meng on Apr 6, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Interesting polka dotted art, I see she also does installation art as well.
    I think artists can really help to push boundaries of what we can appreciate. So before such art pieces came into the scene, most people may not have enjoyed polka dotted paintings.

  10. Anne Ong on Apr 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    This is truly an inspiring piece that caught my attention! From adversity to diversity of the mind. From weakness to strength and success. As long we think out of the box and positively, we can use our passion and talent in something and make it a success to paycheck! Ms Kusama’s art is very special. It brings light and happiness to our soul.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this wonderful artistic and inspiring story._/\_

  11. Samfoonheei on Apr 4, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Yayoi Kusama is a very talented artist ..it could be her up bringing taht made a strong and powerful lady which she descibed,expressed it in her works of polka Dots.Painting has been a huge part of Kusama’s life.Its through painting she feels her pain and sufferings she has experienced much earlier will eased.Her paintings were really beautiful i can see from these article.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and teachings for us to make use of what we are good at,to benefits others.Whatever it is have a positive thinking.
    Thanks Ms. Beatrix Ooi for the research and for compiling.

  12. Stella Cheang on Apr 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Maybe to many people, Yayoi Kusama is just a fashion legend. But Rinpoche in His ability to see the worth and value of everyone brings the meaning of Kusama to us through this article. To me, I find the statement by Rinpoche “To be different is not different, but perhaps just normal. Even in her ‘insanity’ she does more, creates more, inspires more and is more productive than those of us classified as sane. Everyone has talents. Are we willing to pay the price for productivity and usefulness in life?” is the essence of this teaching. Despite her condition and childhood trauma, Kusama continues to create work that represents what she wanted to express. In other words, she did not indulge in any poor me excuse but channel her focus on creation. Yayoi Kusama pales us. We should drop our fancy excuses and start focusing on what we can do to be productive. Thank you, Rinpoche, for this valuable teaching and thank you, Beatrix, for the fantastic compilation of info and photos. While I am not a big fan of polka dots, I do appreciate the consistency in Kusama’s art expression throughout the space. It has a strong sense of obsession that just blends in.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/7-lake-monsters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 04:00 PM
    Amazing ,truly beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara. A special gift given by Joshua and family from Singapore to Rinpoche. I love looking at 1000-armed Avalokitesvara where ever I went seeing any images of it i will always stare at it hoping to get hold of it. Avalokiteśvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism, who embodies the quality of compassion and having the ability to understand the suffering of others. Merely looking at this beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara paints a thousand words.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:58 PM
    Revisit this blog again as the miracles stories of Lama Tsongkhapa Statues truly interesting. We are fortunate to have met our Lama Tsem Rinpoche learning all the wonderful teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. Its such a beneficial teachings and practicing it with so many amazing benefits for us all. Reading this post have me increased my knowledge. Looking at the rare foot print of Lama Tsongkapa which is a sign of his tantric achievements is indeed a blessing for us. The practice of Migtsema is amazing and powerful as it contains the meaning of all the Buddha’s 84,000 teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/benefits-and-miraculous-signs-of-lama-tsongkhapas-statues.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:54 PM
    Since the monks are holding so many vows, serving them is an opportunity for HUGE merit. They are a source of inspiration for others who are seeking spiritual solace. We need to support them and creates the causes for the Dharma to remain , creating the causes for an abundance of spiritual and material wealth for ourselves as well. In Bangkok , its amazing having the opportunity to make offerings to the monks and nuns early in the morning. Giving to the monks and nuns is an incredible thing, we create unbelievable merit if we offer to the monks with the motivation of Bodhicitta. Looking at Angel makes offerings, reminds me of my trip to ChiangMai where I have an opportunity to give packed foods to monks early in the morning. Its truly wonderful indeed. If I have the opportunity again I will definitely love to offer foods to the monks.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/angel-makes-offerings.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 01:02 AM
    Wow! Thank you for the wonderful sharing. I love the amazing recipe on sauces it looks healthy and delicious. I found this recipes very nutritious with all fresh ingredients, spices and herbs. I would love to try it out the Savory Mushroom Gravy.

    https://bit.ly/39MFWeD
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:13 PM
    Wow interesting one of the most fantastic escapes in history now comes in comic for everyone to know the truth. The true story of how HH the 14th Dalai Lama had made a daring and dangerous escape. Dalai Lama had secretly travelled to India back in 1959. The truth not many knew but with this comic , more people will understand better. Its in simple and yet easy diagrams where kids and adults would love it. The great Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden through the esteemed Panglung Oracle had helped Dalai Lama .
    Interesting comic book one must read it .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:09 PM
    Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche known as a debater, scholar, and meditation master. Geshe Rabten was one of the pioneer and the first Tibetan Buddhist masters to give teachings in the West. Interesting sharing and with detail explanations understanding the Praise to Manjusri by Geshe Rabten. We are blessed to have learn and practice it . A good practice with the correct way to visual and reading this post had me understand better the meaning of this powerful prayer.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/praise-to-manjusri-explanation-by-geshe-rabten.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:07 PM
    Thailand is a Southeast Asian country known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. Home to an exorbitantly priced delicacy as well. There are thousands of Buddhist temples in Thailand. Everywhere and corners we could see Buddhist temples . Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it’s a must-see for any one visiting Thailand first-time . It is the one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand, which is 1,800 years old, and is the oldest in the world. Been the third largest, longest and most beautiful reclining Buddha image in Thailand . There are 108 pearl carvings of auspicious images on the Buddha’s soles, in the Chinese-Thai style. Visited Bangkok many years ago but couldn’t recall if I had visited this temple. Wish to revisit again in future to see again the beauty of those temples at Bangkok. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with video and beautiful pictures.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/i-visited-wat-pho-thailand.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:24 PM
    High in the mountains of Sichuan province, hidden from the outside world by its geographical remoteness is the largest nunnery in the world. With an estimated 20,000 nuns, monks and lay practitioners living in the austere surroundings of the Yarchen Gar monastery. The Yarchen Gar monastery above 4000m sea level considered to be the largest concentration of monastics in the world dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhist culture after the Cultural Revolution. Looking at those pictures tells us all, it’s a huge sea of Burgundy robes, one wouldn’t expect anything on this scale to exist or survive. With determination and will power they could live and do their meditation . Living in such an rudimentary conditions, they are devoted to following the faith and entering a life of sacrament.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10ooo-nuns-here.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:22 PM
    When we die our money, fame, and honours will be meaningless. We own nothing in this world. Everything we think we own is in reality only being loaned to us until we die. Everything surrounding us is only temporary. And on our deathbed at the moment of death, no one can save us. Anything can happen in life, anytime of the day , we have to live meaningfully while we still can by learning and practicing dharma before its too late. Do something useful for others in our life .
    Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…Tsem Rinpoche
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/we-own-nothing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:18 PM
    Dana in the Buddhist tradition means giving freely without expecting anything in return. The act of giving is purely out of compassion. Giving is an essential Buddhist practice. It is about generosity, openness, and our capacity to embrace others with compassion and love. At dawn, all over Thailand, the local monks will travel from their temples to the markets and past shops and houses, where local people offer food alms in exchange for blessings. The monks will be walking barefoot and with great grace, that’s where we could offer them foods in packets or so. It was truly wonderful, learning from this post and able to give while I was there in Chiangmai,Thailand few years back.
    When we support the sangha , we support the Dharma. Buddhist monks depend on our support and help to continue their spiritual path to continue benefiting others and dharma to grow .Looking at those pictures tells more.
    Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing and with explanation for us to understand more of it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/bangkok-monks-and-why-make-offerings.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Jan 12. 2021 12:47 AM
    Really very inspiring story, God sent Hero back to India. He droped his job opportunity and gave many people possibilities to survive. I believe not everyone has the passion to contribute or an opportunity to serve others like Mr. Krishnan and KSK.

    Thank you for the sharing, The true compassion of Krishnan comes from thoughtful skill of helping the needy.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 11. 2021 05:32 PM
    There is definitely an unseen spirit world all around us. Even though we are not able to see it or spirits it does not mean they do not exist. Spirits are beings trapped in a non-physical form in the lower realms.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing this interesting and powerful practice of Trakze . Well it’s a very powerful practice for anyone been disturbed by spirits ,unseen beings and obstacles where someone had put a spell on them in their health and business matters. Known as black magic by some . Trakze’s practice and can be done daily for any of us who needs protection even if we are not afflicted by black magic and spirits. Interesting read with all the explanations,of how the practice should be done for us .
    Thanks again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html

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    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    2 yearss ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    2 yearss ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    2 yearss ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    2 yearss ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    2 yearss ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    2 yearss ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    2 yearss ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    2 yearss ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    2 yearss ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    2 yearss ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    2 yearss ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    2 yearss ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 yearss ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    3 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    3 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    3 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    3 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    3 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    3 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    3 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    3 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    3 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    3 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    3 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    3 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    3 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 weeks ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 weeks ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 weeks ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
2 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fwd: Dear Sotha
4 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
4 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
5 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
5 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
8 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
8 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
8 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
10 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
10 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
10 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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